Here’s a 6 step process you can use for career planning during your studies.
1. Start with self-awareness
Think about your current study and/or work situation. What’s working? What would you like to change? Where are you headed?
Reflect on what makes you who you are. What do you know about your:
- career values?
- decision-making style?
Find out ‘Why a satisfying career depends on your skills, interests and values‘.
Complete a free online interest quiz at Job Outlook. Continue reading
Job search or employment websites can be very useful if you are planning your career or about to start looking for work. You can research occupations, organisations which are hiring, skills and requirements needed for different jobs, and a variety of other information useful in preparing you for your future career. Continue reading
Volunteering is an excellent way to gain experience and practical skills in your field of study, or in a field in which you are interested. Through volunteering you can contribute greatly to an organisation and the community, and can network with a wide range of people who may be able to offer advice and assistance with your job search. All graduate employers view community involvement very positively. Continue reading
Finding work experience will involve the same strategies as looking for a job; in that regard, it can provide you with valuable experience of the activities involved in seeking graduate employment. Work experience positions are often not advertised – you will have to explore, research and network in order to discover your own work experience opportunity. Continue reading
Each year there is a large pool of students graduating with similar qualifications. Before you finish your degree ask yourself these things:
- Does anything help you stand out from the crowd?
- Would an employer notice you above anyone else?
If the answer to these questions is no then you should consider organising some work experience for yourself. Continue reading